Chateau-Pape-Clément Clémentin De Pape Clément Graves 2010


SKU 01370


One of the greatest, oldest and most historical estates in Bordeaux, Pape Clement was purchased in 1299 by Bertrand de Goth, who went on to become Pope Clement V; he put the estate's vineyards in the hands and management of the Church, where they remained until the French Revolution. Since 1986, this classified growth has often rivalled the great Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in quality, at half or even less than half the price. Pape Clement sits on light, gravelly soil, and produces a wine with a gorgeous bouquet of black fruits, minerals and smoky oak. Planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot with an average vine age of about 30 years, the estate produces a quintessentially elegant and complex wine with concentration and balance.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Graves
Brand Chateau-Pape-Clément
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateAs for the second wine, which was harvested between September 29 and October 20 (much like the grand vin), the 2010 Le Clementin du Pape Clement is probably the best second wine I have ever tasted from Pape Clement. It certainly shouldn't be thought of as a lesser selection, considering its high quality. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of smoked herbs, blue and black fruits, creosote and camphor, the wine is better than most Pape Clements in the 1970s and 1980s. Yields were 33 hectoliters per hectare, which is virtually nothing given the fact that this is a second wine, not a grand vin. There are 70,000 bottles of this wine produced versus 96,000 bottles of Chateau Pape Clement. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker